This week in U.S. Navy History:
On Feb. 15, 1898, the battleship Maine exploded in Havana Harbor and nearly three-quarters of the battleship's crew did as a result of the blast. Popular opinion blamed Spain, and the Spanish-American war started soon after.
Secretary of the Navy Names Two Littoral Combat Ships — On Feb. 13, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the next Freedom and Independence variant Littoral Combat Ships will be named USS Nantucket (LCS 27) and USS Savannah (LCS 28). The future USS Nantucket (LCS 27), a Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship, will be the third commissioned U.S. Navy ship to honor the maritime history of Nantucket. The future USS Savannah (LCS 28), an Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship, is the sixth ship to bear the name of the oldest city in Georgia.
Breaking Barriers, Part 2: The Raye Montague Story — Part two of All Hands Magazine’s article about Raye Montague, the brilliant engineer who became the Navy's first female program manager of ships, a GS 15 position that made her the highest ranking African-American woman in the department.
Navy's Premier Numerical Modeling Center Launches Program to Fortify Link Between Warfighting Support Team and Ships — Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC), the Navy's premier numerical modeling center, launched a program intended to strengthen the relationship between its warfighting support team and the ships they support and to capture valuable fleet input on services they provide. Named "FNMOC to the Fleet," the program pairs a team of civilian scientists with aerographer's mates to provide on-site operational training and education on FNMOC tools and products to the Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) team.
Department of the Navy Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Budget — The Department of the Navy released its proposed $194.1 billion (Base and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)) budget Feb. 12, for fiscal year (FY) 2019.
George Washington Carver: Inventor, Educator, Humanitarian — Black History Month is a time designated to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of African American innovators throughout history. George Washington Carver is one of these innovators. Carver was a prominent African American scientist and inventor, best known for discovering the diversity of the peanut. According to his biography, Carver was born into slavery and went on to become a botanist and one of the most prominent scientists of his time and a teacher at the Tuskegee Institute, a private, historically black university located in Tuskegee, Alabama. Carver came up with more than 100 products using the peanut including dyes, plastics and gasoline.
USS Florida Blue Qualified First Female Junior Enlisted Sailor — A junior Sailor assigned to the Fire Control Division aboard USS Florida (SSGN 728) blue crew was the first junior enlisted female to earn her enlisted submarine warfare pin, or "dolphins", as part as the ongoing integration of enlisted women in submarines. Fire Control Technician 2nd Class Jasmine Kiernan-Rolen received her dolphins during a ceremony while Florida was underway conducting routine operations earlier this year. To receive her dolphins, she was required to qualify as Petty Officer of the Deck, Topside Roving Patrol and numerous in-rate qualifications. Additionally, she was required to perform damage control functions and demonstrate proficiency in the various areas of submarining.
WEST 2018 Spotlights Information Warfare — Vice Adm. Matthew J. Kohler, Commander, NAVIFOR, opened the IW Pavilion at WEST 2018, the West Coast's premier naval conference and exposition on, Feb. 6. West 2018 was held at the San Diego Convention Center Feb. 6-8. The conference, which completed its 28th year, brought military, industry and academia leaders together to discuss information warfare, integrated warfare, near-peer challenges, and associated creative and agile solutions. WEST is co-sponsored by Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International and the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI).
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Feb. 12-16, 2018. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.